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Compliance Certification Enforcement

DOE enforces the energy and water conservation regulations established by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Appliance Standards Program to ensure that residential, commercial and industrial equipment deliver the energy and cost savings required by law.  To ensure that all covered products comply with the energy and water conservation standards, the enforcement office reviews manufacturers’ compliance with certification requirements.  Products covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended, are required annually to ‘‘certify by means of a certification report that each basic model(s) meets the applicable energy conservation standard.”  This program ensures that manufacturers provide the government with information demonstrating compliance with United States law. 

Certification Case Documents Available for Download

  • June 25, 2014

    DOE ordered Nostalgia Products Group, LLC to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Nostalgia Products had failed to certify that certain models of refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • June 18, 2014

    DOE ordered Minka Lighting Inc. to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Minka had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • May 29, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Nostalgia Products Group, LLC failed to certify a variety of consumer refrigerators and
    refrigerator-freezers as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • May 27, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Minka Lighting Inc. failed to certify a variety of ceiling fans as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • May 12, 2014

    DOE ordered Minibar North America, Inc. to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Minibar had failed to certify that certain models of refrigerators comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 30, 2014

    DOE ordered Nicor, Inc. to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Nicor had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 29, 2014

    DOE ordered Kohler Co. to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Kohler had failed to certify that certain models of water closets comply with the applicable water conservation standards.

  • April 24, 2014

    DOE ordered The Home Depot, Inc. to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Home Depot had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 21, 2014

    DOE ordered Northern Central Distributing, Inc. d/b/a Yosemite Home Décor to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Yosemite had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 18, 2014

    DOE ordered Vaxcel International Co., Ltd. to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Vaxcel had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 15, 2014

    DOE ordered Davoil, Inc. d/b/a Quorum International, Inc. to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Quorum had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 11, 2014

    DOE ordered The L.D. Kichler Co. d/b/a Kichler Lighting to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Kichler had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 11, 2014

    DOE ordered DHI Corp. to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding DHI had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 11, 2014

    DOE ordered Hunter Fan Company to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Hunter Fan had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 10, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Minibar North America, Inc. failed to certify a variety of refrigerators as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 3, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Kohler Co. failed to certify a variety of water closets as compliant with the applicable water conservation standards.

  • April 2, 2014

    DOE ordered Litex Industries, Limited to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Litex had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • March 31, 2014

    DOE ordered Volume International Corporation to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Volume International had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • March 31, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that The Home Depot, Inc. failed to certify a variety of ceiling fans as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • March 31, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Nicor, Inc. failed to certify a variety of ceiling fans as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • March 26, 2014

    DOE ordered Matthews-Gerbar, Ltd. d/b/a Matthews Fan Company to pay a $8,000 civil penalty after finding Matthews had failed to certify that certain models of ceiling fans comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • March 21, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Volume International Corporation failed to certify a variety of ceiling fans as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • March 21, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Northern Central Distributing, Inc. d/b/a Yosemite Home Décor failed to certify a variety of ceiling fans as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • March 18, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Vaxcel International Co., Ltd. failed to certify a variety of ceiling fans as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • March 18, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Matthews-Gerbar, Ltd. d/b/a Matthews Fan Company failed to certify a variety of ceiling fans as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.